Analytical balances are used in a wide variety of industries and applications every day. If you're wondering whether or not your business could benefit from investing in a new analytical balance, it helps to understand their many uses. Here are just a few of the most common uses for analytical balances across various industry sectors.
Measuring the mass of tiny quantities of materials in a scientific laboratory.
As of 2016, there were 335,700 Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technician jobs (commonly known as medical laboratory scientists) in the United States, per the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. Many of these clinical laboratory technicians work with analytical balances and other industrial lab equipment on a regular basis to ensure proper mass and weight measurements for specific elements, compounds, and materials. In any scientific environment, having proper weights and measures can make or break any number of applications and impede the process as a whole.
Weighing tiny pieces of metal and jewels for fine jewelry.
According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. jewelry stores sold an estimated $2.6 billion in merchandise in February 2016. That being said, fine jewelry often requires precision to craft with care. Specialty jewelers generate more than 43% of the jewelry industry’s sales in the United States, and most pieces of jewelry have stones that have been carefully measured with an analytical balance. This also helps to ensure proper carat and set fair prices.
Weighing foods in food manufacturing environments.
For every $1 spent in manufacturing, another $1.40 is added to the economy. That being said, analytical balances are a staple in countless manufacturing facilities, especially those that work with or process food products. Precise measurements are required for creating consistent blends of the right substances and materials needed for quality control. Take a walk through the supermarket and look at everything that comes in a box -- from snacks and desserts to entrees and more, virtually every food manufacturing environment requires the use of food scales on a regular basis.
CMS found that in 2015, retail spending for durable medical equipment (which includes contact lenses, eyeglasses, hearing aids, wheelchairs, mobility aids, and more) reached $48.5 billion, and analytical balances help progress scientific technology and advancements with each and every use. For more information about analytical lab equipment suppliers, contact Ramo Trading.